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L'Ecole No. 41 Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Ferguson Commemorative Reserve 2004

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Wine & SpiritsScore: 93 pointsDate Reviewed: June 2007This special release from LEcole and Martin Clubb is an homage to the winerys founders, Baker and Jean Ferguson. It blends cabernet and merlot with small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot from older Washington vineyards including Bacchus, Dionysus and Klipsun. Its fittingly grand, with a dark cedary scent intermingled with hints of chocolate cake, orange rind and black plum. After a day open, the wine gets richer and even more sumptuous, with a gently gripping finish of impressive depth and length. Patrick ComiskeyWine EnthusiastScore: 92 pointsCellar SelectionDate Reviewed: December 31, 2006This wine honors winery founders Jean and Baker Ferguson, and the grapes are sourced from many of the vineyards they used in the early 1980s Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus and Klipsun. Still very young, very tight and very nicely structured, it shows good acid, tart fruit mixing berry, cherry and red licorice; firm tannins, ripe but chewy; and a good spine that is keeping things wrapped up tight. Paul GreguttWine AdvocateScore: 90 pointsDate Reviewed: August 31, 2007The 2004 Ferguson Commemorative Reserve is named for the couple who founded the winery in 1983 and this is the only time this wine will be made. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, selected from four vineyards, the wine spent 22 months in French oak, 50% new, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a complex array of spice box, leather, violets, red currants, and blackberry. On the palate, the wine is easy-going with a supple texture, forward spicy fruit, and well-integrated tannins. Although enjoyable now, the wine will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020. Jay Miller

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L'Ecole No 41:
L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Within this web site you will discover: Our rich history and longevity in making wines in the Walla Walla Valley Our dedication to making premium varietal wines from some of Washington's finest vineyard sites Our commi... Read more
L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Within this web site you will discover: Our rich history and longevity in making wines in the Walla Walla Valley Our dedication to making premium varietal wines from some of Washington's finest vineyard sites Our commitment to superior vineyard management and environmentally sustainable vineyard practices Our desire to provide our valuable customers with a unique, quality experience year after year Thank you for the opportunity to share our story. Read less

Member Reviews for L'Ecole No. 41 Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Ferguson Commemorative Reserve

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Snooth User: jtryka
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4.50 5
10/19/2012

The wine itself is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (42%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (5%), and it was bottled unfined and unfiltered, so you might want to decant it. The wine has a deep, inky purple color in the center that transitions to rich garnet along the edges. The aroma is a rich blend of leather, plum, roses and licorice. The taste had some nice fruit on the outset, with blackberry and plum, transitioning to a bit of earthy spice midpalate, before the well structured tannins provide for a long, smooth finish with residual notes of anise and dark chocolate. At the end, you're just left muttering to yourself, what a fantastic glass of wine! See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/10/2004-lecole-no-41-ferguson.html


Snooth User: seanami
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4.50 5
01/27/2008

An excellent bordeaux-style blend from L'Ecole. I had a bottle or two with my uncles, and it's definitely tasty. It was a little while ago, so I'll have trouble describing the taste, but if you like bordeaux-style blends, you'll love it.


External Reviews for L'Ecole No. 41 Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Ferguson Commemorative Reserve

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2004 Ferguson Commemorative Reserve is named for the couple who founded the winery in 1983 and this is the only time this wine will be made. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, selected from four vineyards, the wine spent 22 months in French oak, 50% new, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a complex array of spice box, leather, violets, red currants, and blackberry. On the palate, the wine is easy-going with a supple texture, forward spicy fruit, and well-integrated tannins. Although enjoyable now, the wine will evolve for 1ndash;2 years and drink well through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Velvety, focused and distinctive for its red pepper, scented blackberry and currant flavors that linger on the polished finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2004 Ferguson Commemorative Reserve is named for the couple who founded the winery in 1983 and this is the only time this wine will be made. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, selected from four vineyards, the wine spent 22 months in French oak, 50% new, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a complex array of spice box, leather, violets, red currants, and blackberry. On the palate, the wine is easy-going with a supple texture, forward spicy fruit, and well-integrated tannins. Although enjoyable now, the wine will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020.



Wine & SpiritsScore: 93 pointsDate Reviewed: June 2007This special release from LEcole and Martin Clubb is an homage to the winerys founders, Baker and Jean Ferguson. It blends cabernet and merlot with small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot from older Washington vineyards including Bacchus, Dionysus and Klipsun. Its fittingly grand, with a dark cedary scent intermingled with hints of chocolate cake, orange rind and black plum. After a day open, the wine gets richer and even more sumptuous, with a gently gripping finish of impressive depth and length. Patrick ComiskeyWine EnthusiastScore: 92 pointsCellar SelectionDate Reviewed: December 31, 2006This wine honors winery founders Jean and Baker Ferguson, and the grapes are sourced from many of the vineyards they used in the early 1980s Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus and Klipsun. Still very young, very tight and very nicely structured, it shows good acid, tart fruit mixing berry, cherry and red licorice; firm tannins, ripe but chewy; and a good spine that is keeping things wrapped up tight. Paul GreguttWine AdvocateScore: 90 pointsDate Reviewed: August 31, 2007The 2004 Ferguson Commemorative Reserve is named for the couple who founded the winery in 1983 and this is the only time this wine will be made. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, selected from four vineyards, the wine spent 22 months in French oak, 50% new, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a complex array of spice box, leather, violets, red currants, and blackberry. On the palate, the wine is easy-going with a supple texture, forward spicy fruit, and well-integrated tannins. Although enjoyable now, the wine will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020. Jay Miller

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